Zhang Xiaogang, ‘Amnesia and Memory Series’, 2005, Phillips

Property of an Important Asian Collector

From the Catalogue:
“I’ve always been playing with the symbols of the ’80s. In my collection Amnesia and Memory, I depicted a lamp, flashlight, book, notebook and bed – part of my memories of the ’80s. The series is about the confusion of living in the juxtaposition between now and the past.” - Zhang Xiaogang
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: signed and dated 'Zhang Xiaogang [in Chinese] 2005/4' lower right

Private Collection
Sotheby's, Hong Kong, 4 October 2010, lot 776
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

About Zhang Xiaogang

Relying on memory to recreate a highly personal version of his country’s history, Zhang Xiaogang makes art that is as much about himself as it is about China’s past. The grim imaginary families in his “Bloodlines: The Big Family” paintings of the 1990s and his 2005–06 series of grisaille portraits in oil reveal countless narratives about the aspirations and failures of the Cultural Revolution as well as Zhang’s own emotions. Like the blank visages of the individuals in these paintings, Zhang’s brass and concrete sculptures of figures, as well as implements used for recording history (such as fountain pens, notebooks, and light bulbs, all 2009), appear compressed and distorted by memory, age, and some unknown force.

Chinese, b. 1958, Kunming, China, based in Beijing, China